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15:41 UK time, Monday, 10 October 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Wired headline


The diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks may seem like a distant memory to some, but others are still going through them, trying to find out as much as they can. And for Wired readers, there is some advice on reading between the lines from someone who used to write diplomatic cables himself, Daniel Serwer. He puts a bit of a dampener on the whole thing though, saying it's clear that whoever leaked them didn't have access to the top secret stuff.

Times headline


Also putting a dampener on things is a popular Times article. Inspiration, in the form of Steve Jobs' 2005 speech at Stanford University, has been "bandied about on the internet as if it were the word of God", it says. In the late co-founder of Apple's speech he urged people to do what they love. The Times is having none of it. What about getting the bins collected, it shouts. And remember the people who discover what they love but also discover they are not very good at it.

Daily Mail headline


It looks like something out of Indiana Jones. But as Daily Mail readers are finding out, so called adrenaline junkies are "flocking" to walk along a completely fallen through path off a cliff side in Southern Spain after a climber put their attempt to pass through it on YouTube. The irony, it seems, is that the path is going to be improved to help tourism, where as the article says its very dangerousness is what is attracting people.

Time headline


An old staple of the stories popular with readers is, along with cats and Hitler, Chinese growth. So it was only a matter of time before that growth was questioned. Time magazine says a strong contender for one of the most important economic questions in the world is whether China can find its way out of the biggest housing bubble ever created. It tells a tale of towns full of unused new buildings, roads and bridges. A bursting property bubble is not inevitable though - the optimist's view is maybe these empty towns could prove to be just the catalyst needed to keep the economy driving forward when demand catches up.

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